This chic new French eatery at Tiong Bahru is perfect for brunch and dinner, be it with friends or loved ones.
The French have long been known for their chic style and fine dining, and Merci Marcel is a great example of that. The latest restaurant to open in the hip Tiong Bahru area, this new all-day dining destination doubles up as an independent boutique that offers curated gourmet, drinks, art and lifestyle products.
We loved the brightly lit indoor and outdoor space, with the tropical green murals that adorn the citrus walls, and the French colonial vibe of the bar and the black and white rattan chairs. While it was little noisy inside, we can see how this would be great for hanging out with friends or going on a date.
While it’s a perfect spot for brunch, the dinner menu was equally appealing. The BiTES team was given the chance to try the Duck Rillettes, Ravioles de Rayon, the Black Pepper Tuna, Pork Tenderloin, 3 Soft Cheeses Platter, Crème brûlée and the homemade Chocolate Cake.
The savoury Duck Rillettes came with a marinated pear and melted Camembert cheese, which paired well with the rillettes, balancing the gamey flavour of the duck with the sweetness of the pear and the creaminess of the cheese. If you like pâté, this dish is for you. Our second appetiser was the 3 Soft Cheeses Platter, which consisted of Truffle Brillat Savarin, Camembert and Morbier extra mature. As expected the decadent Truffle Brillat Savarin – a classic French triple-cream cheese – was a clear favourite, but the ivory coloured Morbier was our preferred cheese. All the cheeses were available for purchase and are on display inside the restaurant.
The Black Pepper tuna with yuzu and soy vinaigrette was tart and refreshing, but we loved the side dish of Ravioles de Rayon, which was the real crowd pleaser. A traditional dish from the historical South-Western region of Dauphine, the delicate dumplings were filled with Swiss Tête de Moine cheese that were bursting with flavour – if only it was served as a main course. It was hard to tear ourselves away and enjoy the rest of Merci Marcel’s dishes. The Pork Tenderloin was cooked perfectly, with caramelised onions, ginger and gravy on top – no complaints here.
Merci Marcel recommends the passion fruit crème brûlée and the extremely filling Chocolate Cake with fresh homemade cream. After a such a heavy meal, we struggled to finish the cake which was both fluffy and moist and indeed, very chocolatey. For a lighter dessert, choose the crème brûlée which is topped with fresh passion fruit.
French wine and spirits are in abundance, carefully chosen by the owners of Merci Marcel who have picked most from independent winemakers. For those looking for something a little less naughty, there is coffee from Singapore’s own Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, various flavours of hot Kusmi tea and iced UMÀ Tea (both from Paris), juices and Atelier Patrick FONT fruit nectars.
#01-68, 56 Eng Hoon St, Tiong Bahru. Tel: +65 6224 0113